The original title of this post was ‘who has inspired you?’ as I was prompted to write it by a post that popped up on my Facebook wall from a group I follow, Suspended Coffees. The post was this: ‘When you reflect on your life this far, for better or worse, who made an impact that helped you grow?’
But as I was writing this post I realised that the question I wanted to ask my readers should, in fact be, ‘who have you inspired?’ Now I know the inclination is to say ‘no-one, who could I possibly have inspired?’ but the reality is that we have all had a great impact on someone else in our lives, sometimes we may not even have known at the time.
In 2010 I spent the weekend with some friends I have known for a very long time. Indeed one of them I met when we were young adults, living and working in Paris over thirty years ago. Over dinner one friend said he had a big announcement to make and went on to tell us he had worked his last day in an administration job and was starting a new career as an indoor landscape gardener the very next week. He was elated and said this is the type of work he has always desired but never felt able to pursue. He went on to say that it was, in fact, something I had said to him a year earlier that had prompted his change in thinking about his life. Apparently I had told him in a conversation when we first met that I thought everyone should go after their dreams when they have the chance, that opportunities should always be pursued and we must take those risks as they could result in the best move we ever made in our lives.
Of course this really is my belief, and certainly has been the driving force in my life. As I always say, if you don’t have a go you’ll never know.
Interestingly at around the same time I received a comment on a post from a regular visitor and realised how very important it is for us to always put out as much as we can in the best way possible, as it will reap rewards that we cannot possibly imagine at the time.
And my friend is now the acting manager of the indoor landscaping business. It really was an amazing career move for him, he took a big risk and it paid off for him.
So tell me, Who Have You Inspired? Or equally important, who has inspired you?
Enjoy the journey.